The Mount Kisco furniture store owner who stormed out of a Planning Board meeting last spring amid a dispute over his landscaping proposal said he will soon close his business.
Tim Mallon, owner of the Village Shop, told Patch that Jan. 8 is the anticipated closing date. For about two months he has been winding down the store's operations, with liquidation signage displayed outside.
The proprieter cited his relationship with the village government and getting busy with wholesale furniture work as reasons. Going forward, he explained that he plans to take his work elsewhere, with plans to expand in Connecticut.
Mallon remains furious with the village, arguing that it has selectively enforced its signage law, which restricted the use of certain neon signs, and that he has not been treated fairly compared to other businesses.
Mallon, who left the Planning Board's April 2012 meeting with a profanity-laced tirade, described the village as "kind of corrupt in their ways." He lamented the fact that the site of his store, 91 E. Main St., will not have his landscaping proposal, which included an outdoor furniture display and dwarf shrubs. The Planning Board had some skepticism about the particular landscaping arrangement, and Mallon was asked about parking at the meeting before leaving.
Mount Kisco Village Manager James Palmer denied that the village has selectively enforced its sign ordinance against Mallon, saying that he was allowed to have neon sign indicated the store is open.
"The village has not been selective."
Enforcement of neon signs that businesses had up before the ordinance was adopted roughly three years ago, however, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, Palmer said, depending on the nature of their initial approvals. The village manager said he is not aware of inconsistent enforcement for signage posted after the law went into effect.